Clint Wattenberg was a 2X All American wrestler at Cornell and a member of the US national team. He is a registered dietician and earned his master’s degree in exercise physiology. Clint is currently the Director of Nutrition at the UFC Performance Institute. In today’s podcast we talk about lessons learned, good nutritional habits and details about cutting weight.
In this Episode We Discuss:
- Clint’s Wrestling Background
- Fueling and Food Selection
- Evaluation, Assessment and Interview with New Athletes
- Coordinating with Other Coaches
- Common Mistakes Cutting Weight
- Struggling to Make Weight Over Time
- Personalized Approach for Each Athlete
- Implementing New Eating Habits
- Fight Camp vs Fat Camp
- Cutting Weight Protocols
- Fight Week Checklist
- and more!
Clint Wattenberg comes to the UFC after spending 19 years at Cornell University as a student athlete (wrestling), Assistant Wrestling Coach, Graduate Student (Exercise Physiology-Ithaca College), Sports Dietitian and Eating Disorder Nutrition Counselor. As the Coordinator of Sports Nutrition for the past 4 years, Clint has worked with all 37 varsity teams and nearly 1,100 student athletes, but none closer than the Big Red Wrestling Team.
Through his own practical experience as a college wrestler struggling to make weight, a student of nutritional sciences and exercise physiology, a coach and a sport dietitian, Clint has worked extensively to systematize and simplify nutrition and weight management for weight class athletes. Clint speaks on the topic at a variety of conferences and wrote a comprehensive eBook on the subject entitled “Performance Nutrition for Wrestlers” that guides athletes, parents, coaches, athletic trainers, and even sport dietitians through the nuances of fueling throughout the season including weight management and weight descents.
As an athlete, Clint was an NCAA All-American and three-year captain for the Big Red and represented the USA Freestyle National Wrestling Team. As a coach, Clint has coached several All-Americans and NCAA Champions and has coached wrestling and counseled on nutrition for MMA athletes.
Stay in Touch with Clint on Twitter: @SportRd_Clint